Posted on November 24, 2013

The Social Development Center (SDC) participated in Katara’s third traditional Dhow Festival through BADR WA INT GADR program. The festival was held under the patronage of HH The Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thanifrom 19 to 23 November 2013.

The program BADR aimed through its participation to encourage traditional crafts by allocating spaces to promote these products on the Katara Corniche.The allocated spaces by the SDC witnessed an unrivaled turnout throughout the days of the festival.

The program provides full support for entrepreneurial projects by individuals and families alike across Qatar,by assisting them to develop successful enterprises and offering a range of services that support productive families to ensure the continuity of their success. Some of these services include training, marketing, administrative support, motivation, encouragement and funding.

Lolwa Al-Naimi, The Head of Entrepreneurs Development , SDC, said, “ participating in the Dhow festival this year and showcasing that family home owned entrepreneurial projects are important to the community as they strengthen and diversify our economy”.

This unique festival is one of the largest specialized festivals in the region's maritime heritage and the only one of its kind. Participating in the festival are many exhibitors yearly from Qatar and the Gulf States and includes many of the maritime related events, including the opening ceremony, the traditional Dhow show, aquatic laser shows , traditional bands as well as craftsmen workshops who will share their secrets of the maritime trade in an effort to showcase Qatari culture.

BADR program was initially launched in 2002 under the name (The Modern Family Program) and rebranded in 2012 to BadrwaintGadr, meaning “take the initiative” and “you can”  which are key messages to all the program members .

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